During the 2011–12 season, Pastrňák led the Czech under-18 league in goals (41) and points (68). After being drafted by the Boston B’s “Pasta” , as he is now known as in the 25th pick overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Pastrňák signed a three-year, entry-level contract on 15 July 2014.
Pastrňák attended the Bruins’ training camp for the 2014–15 season before being assigned to the Providence Bruins, the team’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, on 7 October 2014. He made his NHL debut with the Bruins on 24 November, logging 7:53 of ice time in a 3–2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored the first two goals of his NHL career against Ray Emery on 10 January 2015, as the initial pair of goals resulting in a 3–1 Bruins’ road win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
On 29 March, Pastrňák became the youngest Bruins’ player in history to score an overtime, game-winning goal in regular season play in Boston’s 2–1 road win over the Carolina Hurricanes. At the end of the season, he was one of just two players selected in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft to play in more than 40 NHL games during the 2014–15 season, and along with fellow Bruins’ rookie Ryan Spooner, led the team in offense during the last 20 games of the season.
During a Bruins’ regular season home game in the 2015–16 season, against the Penguins on 24 February 2016, Pastrňák became the youngest Bruins’ player ever to score a penalty shot goal, which he scored only four minutes into the game, as the first goal en route to a 5–1 Bruins’ defeat of the Penguins.His popularity in Boston has led to Bruins’ fans giving him the nickname “Pasta”. On 28 October 2016, Pastrňák was suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangersdefenceman Daniel Girardi. The 2016–17 seasonproved to be a breakout year for Pastrňák, who recorded 34 goals and 70 points to lead the Bruins in scoring. Additionally, Pastrňák scored two goals and four points for the team during the 2017 playoffs.
Entering the off-season, Pastrňák was a restricted free agent (for those who aren’t familiar.) On 14 September 2017, the Bruins re-signed Pastrňák to a six-year, $40 million contract extension worth $6.7 million annually.
During the closing months of the 2017–18 season, on 13 March 2018, Pastrňák scored his first NHL hat-trick during a come-from-behind 6–4 Bruins’ road win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
On 14 April, Pastrňák recorded another hat-trick along with three assists in a 7–3 home win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in game two of the Bruins’ First Round series during the 2018 playoffs. He also became the youngest player in NHL history to score six points in a single playoff game beating Wayne Gretzky‘s record.The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs in seven games but lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Second Round. On 2 January it was announced Pastrňák would appear in his first National Hockey League All-Star Game. Hockey is my favorite sport and I am proud to be able to be rewarded for writing about what I love for those who follow. Keep up with the latest on my posts @leeshiesPCs.
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